Grateful Dead Live at Boston Music Hall on 1972-09-16
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AUDMC > C > DAT > CD > SHN recorded by Bill Degen from orchestra seats mic and deck unknown. A > D & shn conversion by Noah Weiner
- 2004-04-12 14:52:11
- AUDMC > C > DAT > CD > SHN
- Boston, MA
- Boston Music Hall
Subject: Mr. Nelson, I Presume
Subject: Being there
For the singing, the Dew, Dark Star, and especially the Brokedown stand out. For the playing, everything, including a scorching solo in a suprisingly up tempo version of Don't Ease Me In.
Ned Lagin contributes some sublime (and occasionally subliminal) sounds on a few tracks:
"During Set II, Ned played on "Dark Star" > "Brokedown Palace". Ned played a Wurlitzer electric piano and Crybaby wah-wah when he joined the band on stage for "Dark Star", and after which he and his piano exited the stage. This was the first and only time prior to 1974 that he sat in with Keith Godchaux playing acoustic piano."
I'm pretty sure I can hear some of that wah sound on at least the first half of Not Fade Away, too. But if Ned says he wasn't there ...
The recording here is really low on bass. The partial soundboard is also low on bass. Phil is definitely there, playing plenty of notes and sounds like he's bringing the goods to the rest of the band, at least based on how well they are playing (the Playin jam from around 14:30 seems very Phil driven and he's all over the Dew and the Dark Star ... you just can't really "feel" him!). Is it just a coincidence that the sondboard has the identical mix, more or less? Nobody on the recording is screaming "More bass!" or "More Phil!" so we have to assume there were more vibrations in real time than survive here... I wonder if the low sound on the board is a result of the crew trying to get Ned plugged in?
I do highly recommend checking out the partial soundboard (with the Dew, Playin, Dark Star->Brokedown and a few others) because it is an extremeley nice recording other ... than the strangely faint bass. The vocals are more distinct, for sure.
There is intermittent clapping and conversation on the recording, mostly benign or welcome. The Playin, the Greatest Story and the Dark Star benefit from it, I think. The loud talker at the beginning of Stella Blue is amusing ... the first time, anyway (and note how things quiet down quickly). Donna's singing in Playin' and Greatest Story plainly excites the crowd - no detractors within earshot! And, yes, some people inevitably lose their focus after the first jam in Morning Dew and start gabbing during the quiet part. That will never change.
Subject: Music Hall Memories
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